News Pulse March/April 2020

August 10th, 2021 by Nathan Hobbs

What were’s top stories since
our last issue? Here are the hottest topics in the industry:

1 $500 Federal Tax Credit Available for Residential Film

A Federal tax credit of up to $500 is available for qualifying energy saving residential window film.

Visit and search “Federal tax credit,” for more information

2 Madico Opens New Facility in Florida

Madico Inc. held a grand opening celebration for its new 247,000-square-foot headquarters and manufacturing facility on February 13, 2020 in Pinellas Park, Fla. Guests had the opportunity to tour the new facility, and the company presented its annual dealer awards.

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3 Industry Mourns the Loss of George Lewis

George Lewis, industry legend and former owner of Performance Films Distributing Inc., also known as 44 Tools and Performance Auto Spa, passed away at age 68 after struggling with side effects from his cancer treatment on February 8, 2020.

Visit and search “George Lewis,” for more information.

4 Five Key Trends for Window Films in ’20

The International Window Film Association (IWFA) released its five key trends for window films in 2020. The list includes an increased use of security film and a trend toward natural daylighting, among others.

Visit and search “IWFA trends,” for more information.

5 Vehicle Tint Exception Could Come to Illinois

An exception might be added to current vehicle legislation in Illinois, as a new bill was filed in January that could impact window tinting businesses throughout the state. The Illinois legislature will consider making changes to its current window tinting law in this year’s session.

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Madico Highlights New Headquarters

Madico, Inc. (Madico) celebrated the official opening of its new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility just before Valentine’s Day 2020 in Pinellas Park, Fla. The company has invested more than $40 million for the 247,000-square-foot facility.

The new headquarters is equipped with three state-of-the-art coating and laminating lines as well as an advanced research center. Not everything is brand new however, as all of the equipment from the former St. Petersburg, Fla. facility was moved to the new site in Pinellas Park, Fla.

Madico purchased its new manufacturing facility in 2017, which is nearly three times larger than former locations in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Woburn, Mass., according to Shawn Kitchell, Madico president and CEO. The company also hired 75 new employees in 2019 to support its growth.

Servicing Areas

The new headquarters is set to provide film products to the company’s nine service centers that are located throughout North America as well as to its international distributors located around the globe.

“I would like to express my continued gratitude for your continued interest in Madico,” said Akihiko Ouchi, chairman and CEO of Madico’s parent company Lintec, as he addressed attendees in February.

The new location is where all of the company’s film products will be manufactured. “We’ve come a long way since Madico was founded over a century ago,” said Kitchell. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our new facility and our expanded capabilities to deliver advanced, innovative film solutions for a variety of industries.”

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